Dermatologist Blog - Stone Oak Dermatology

Posts for: May, 2014

May 11, 2014
Tags: Skin Care  

With summer coming, please remember your sun screen.  Sunscreen ingredients are key!  Most sunscreens protect against UVB - but it is the UVA rays that are most damaging and lead to skin cancer and aging.  A lot of sunscreens don't offer broad spectrum UVA protection.  We recommend  medical grade sunscreen Elta MD  - it has the highest amount of zinc oxide - one of the best ingredients for UVA protection.  In addition, EltaMD is cosmetically very elegant, easy to apply and does not feel sticky or leave residue. 

Skin cancer is on the rise - 1 out of 5 will get skin cancer - basal cell and squamous cell.  1 out 0f 50 will get melanoma. Don't be one of them!!! Come in for regular exams.  Yearly exams if you have not had skin cancer.  For those with history of skin cancer, checks every 3 or 6 months depending on type of skin cancer.  Remember skin cancer has a good prognosis if caught early! 


By Dr. Linda J. Banta, M.D. , P.A.
May 06, 2014
Tags: Skin Cancer  
skin cancer The month of May is dedicated to melanoma/skin cancer detection and prevention month. During the month of May we want to place an even stronger emphasis on detection and prevention of melanoma and skin cancer.  As your dermatologist in San Antonio, it is important that we provide you with the information you need to further protect your skin from harm.
Do you know the ABC’s of skin cancer detection? To help you better understand detection and prevention, let’s take a look at the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.
Asymmetry: This occurs when one half of your mole does not match the other half. If you draw a line through this mole, the two halves will clearly not match.
Border: The borders of early melanoma are typically uneven. The edges of your mole may be scalloped, blurred, ragged or notched.
Color: Another warning signal is having a mole that contains a variety of colors. This can include a number of different shades of brown, tan or black. Melanoma can also become red, blue or another color, so be on the lookout for a change in color.
Diameter: Melanomas are usually larger in diameter than the size of an eraser on a pencil. However, they can sometimes be smaller when first detected—growing as they progress.
Evolving: Any change in size, shape, color, elevation or another trait is a warning sign of melanoma or another stage of skin cancer. This can also be seen through new symptoms, such as bleeding, itching or crusting.
If you notice any of these ABC’s of skin cancer it is important to visit our dermatologist in San Antonio for further diagnosis, as well as prevention tips. Take charge of your skin this May and protect yourself from melanoma/skin cancer.